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Door to Door (2002)

William H. Macy , Kyra Sedgwick , Steven Schachter  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Kyra Sedgwick, Kathy Baker, Joel Brooks, Woody Jeffreys
  • Directors: Steven Schachter
  • Writers: William H. Macy, Steven Schachter
  • Producers: Billy Brown, Dan Angel, David A. Rosemont, Forest Whitaker, Robert J. King
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: December 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007AJFZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Door to Door" on IMDb

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This earnest movie about a door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy (based on the true story of Bill Porter) could have been cloyingly sweet, but a sense of humor and the clear, unpretentious performance of William H. Macy keep it from drowning in sentiment. Door to Door follows Porter from when he first gets his job (by convincing a skeptical sales manager to give him the worst route the company has) in the mid-'50s, to his brief retirement in the late 1990s, when door-to-door salesmen became outmoded by catalogs and the Internet. The depiction of how Porter became part of the lives of his customers may feel a little pat, but the portrait of Porter himself--particularly how his persistent independent spirit was also a wall between him and others--is honest and affecting. Also featuring Kyra Sedgwick and the great Helen Mirren as Porter's mother. --Bret Fetzer

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Never Goes Extinct December 13, 2004
I had heard the story of Bill Porter before I knew his name. I knew the work of William Macy, and that is what pushed me over the edge to view this movie version of the tale of Bill Porter's life from "wanting to be a salesman" to "Salesman of the Year" to "Dinosaur" and finally, full circle, to being an Invisible Thread who wove love into individuals, into a neighborhood and finally into the hearts of viewers like me.

William Macy's performance is excellent, I forgot he was William Macy about 15 minutes into the movie. Helen Mirren was remarkable as his mother - a big inspiration whose presence is felt even after her death both by Bill and by us each time we see him remember her (which is regularly.)

Kyra Sedgwick is luminous as Shelly - early in the movie her character is quite young and she pulls it off beautifully - and we watch her develop into "just a job to keep me going through college" to being much, much more as she matures into an adult side by side, heart to heart with Bill.

The syncronicities - again, woven by the thread of Bill, might have been seen as "accidental" - until we know the heart of the man. Salespeople in all areas ought to watch this movie - it isn't about the products, its about honoring people and showing them how their lives can be impacted by those products.

Finally - this movie reminded me that Love will never go the way of the dinosaur.

Thank you - everyone involved in this film.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OSCAR MATERIAL!! A STELLAR CAST AND PERFORMANCE!! January 11, 2003
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William H. Macy as Watkins salesman Bill Porter gives the performance of a lifetime in this drama that took me through a range of emotions in seconds. Kyra Sedgewick does an admirable job as Shelly, Porter's assistant and dear friend. Kathy Baker's role as his best customer, Gladys, was also quite moving. Helen Mirren plays Bill Porter's mother and deserves the highest praise for portraying a strong woman who gives never-ending encouragement to her son, proving that "patience and persistence" will overcome all things, including his cerebral palsey. All in all, this is one of the DON'T MISS movies of your life. This is a true story where each character was played with brilliance. Once you see it, you have to see it again and again. I paid a HIGH price for the VHS on eBay and have watched it six times thus far - I never tire of that warm fuzzy this movie provides. See it, Buy it, Share it, and visit ... to see the REAL Bill Porter and his story, which is also his Watkins website!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Door to Door February 3, 2003
William H Macy is the most underrated actor in the world today! This is a role for the ages. Macy brings his subtle nuances to the real-life character of Bill Porter, perhaps the most inspirational "salesman" on the planet. This is Bill Porter's story from beginning to end and what agreat story it is. The triumph of one man speaks to us all in a film that moves at a pace that allows the viewer the true enjoyment of knowing a character. At the end of this film, you may laugh or you may cry, but you will never forget Bill Porter and extrordinary story. The supporting cast, especially Helen Miren provide the perfect cast for this perfect story! For a memorable evening of true story-telling at its best, buy and watch Door to Door.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patience and Persistence February 21, 2003
One doesn't see the classic DOOR TO DOOR salesman anymore. (The occasional youthful hawker of magazine subscriptions or Girl Scout cookies doesn't count.) But for more than 40 years beginning in 1955, Bill Porter walked the same sales route in Oregon for the (real-life) Watkins Company, which sold (and still sells) an esoteric mix of products from laundry soap to dog biscuits to condiments.
Porter was afflicted with cerebral palsy at birth. In this made-for-TV film, Porter (William Macy) explains its cause as the too assiduous application of forceps by the obstetrician who delivered him. As the film opens, Bill is attempting, at age 21, to land his first job as a salesman, the profession of his deceased father. Porter is encouraged and supported by his mother (Helen Mirren), who writes the words "patience" and "persistence" with ketchup on the outside of her son's brown-bag sandwiches after Watkins reluctantly hires the young man. To prove that he can do the job despite his disability, Porter has challenged Watson by offering to take the toughest sales route that nobody else wants. Soon after, Bill's mother begins to suffer the mental impairment that eventually lands her in an assisted care facility. Bill is now on his solitary own.
If it wasn't for Macy's performance, DOOR TO DOOR would just be another of those warm and fuzzy human interest stories that otherwise makes my eyeballs roll for its political correctness. Macy, who's cast in the lead too infrequently, turns in his best performance since FOCUS (2001) - perhaps better. The actor's depiction of Porter's handicap is a pointed reminder of the difficulties to be surmounted by one so afflicted, even including painful isolation from normal, male-female sexual intimacy and romance.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William H. Macy gives the perfomance of a lifetime! January 8, 2003
By Erika D
It is hard to believe that William H. Macy did not get an Oscar for his performance in this film. The film tells the real life story of a door-to-door salesman named Bill Porter (Macy) who overcomes his challenges with cerebral palsy in order to become the company's most successful door-to-door salesman. Having overcome physical challenges, the movie shows the human side of Bill Porter as it shows the wall of self-independence he has erected and the friendships he develops, and almost loses, as he allows others who care about him to help him and become a part of his life.
This movie is funny, heart-warming, and endearing thanks to what I consider the best performance from William H. Macy ever. A must see movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This a great movie. William h Macy played the part to ...
This a great movie. William h Macy played the part to a T! Lots of sub plots that tie in well! Wholeheartedly recommend for salesmen and sales managers!
Published 1 day ago by W. Baldwin
This is one of the most heart warming stories I have ever heard. You see so many people in the world today saying, "I can't do anything. I can't get a job. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful movie.
This is a fantastic movie and I understand it is based on a true story. The acting is superb and the story is inspirational.
Published 26 days ago by C. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased.
Extremely powerful movie. I have been looking for it for years. Quick delivery and smooth transaction. Very pleased.
Published 1 month ago by Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you think you had problems, watch this true story.
Published 2 months ago by Roland E. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!!
A truly wonderful movie. William H Macy is superb!!
Published 2 months ago by amichael
5.0 out of 5 stars ... movie is soo heart warming filled with sadness and happiness. It's...
This movie is soo heart warming filled with sadness and happiness. It's a great movie for any age. I think more people need to see it. And the fact that it is true.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ethan Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
have ALWAYS loved this movie. so glad to add to personal stash.
Published 2 months ago by Maureen Duden
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great movie that shows the determination of a man with ...
It's a great movie that shows the determination of a man with cerebral palsy in order to survive when his beloved mother gets dementia and can no longer do things for him.
Published 2 months ago by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Bill Porter!!!!!
This man will not give up no matter what! He walked in fire to get what he wanted and did not get burned. He is driven to do what he wanted to do despite all obstacles.
Published 4 months ago by EL Associates
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